DEADLINE IS 28.6.2023
This submission opportunity is relevant to NTCF because we need healthy waterways to help mitigate climate change
Description: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are seeking information on how aquatic herbicides are used in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Aquatic herbicides are used to control pest plants in ponds, lakes and rivers. EPA are taking another look at the use of some chemicals used in aquatic herbicide products, following significant new information on their effects.
Grounds have been established to reassess substances containing any of the following active ingredients that are used as aquatic herbicides:
- Diquat dibromide
- Imazapyr isopropylamine
- Triclopyr triethylamine
- Endothall dipotassium.
EPA are reviewing aquatic herbicides due to significant new information about their effects and inconsistencies across aquatic herbicide approvals in Aotearoa New Zealand. A reassessment is a formal review of the rules controlling a substance that is already in use in New Zealand.
View the Grounds for reassessment documents for diquat dibromide, metsulfuron-methyl, haloxyfop-R-methyl, imazapyr isopropylamine and triclopyr triethylamine here.
View the Grounds for reassessment documents for endothall dipotassium here.
This is an opportunity for all interested parties and stakeholders to provide EPA with information on aquatic herbicide products containing these chemicals that will help them to assess their risks and effects.
EPA want to know how they are manufactured, imported, sold, and applied.
They want to hear from iwi/hapū representatives, importers, suppliers, manufacturers, researchers, users and applicators, councils, members of the public, and anyone else who wants to participate.
Anyone can submit a response to the call for information. The response form has seven parts and is structured to capture information that will be considered in the reassessment:
Part 1 – Manufacture and import information (including packaging, labelling, volumes)
Part 2 – Use and application information
Part 3 – Environmental exposure mitigation measures
Part 4 – Scientific and technical information
Part 5 – Cultural impacts
Part 6 – The existence of alternatives
Part 7 – Other relevant information.
Complete all parts that are relevant to you.
How to make a submission:
EPA encourage you to use the secure online submission form. When you submit the form, you’ll be emailed a copy of your response and a reference number.
Complete the online submission form here.
If you have information for parts 1 or 2 of the response form, you can complete a spreadsheet to include in your response. Please download and complete the spreadsheet for parts 1 and 2, then attach the file to your online submission form. Alternatively, you can email the spreadsheet separately to EPA at the address below. Quote your online submission reference number in your email.
Download the spreadsheet for parts 1 and 2 (XLSX, 30KB) here.
Alternatively, download the Word submission form here, and email or post your response to EPA:
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or,
Post to: Reassessments, Environmental Protection Authority, Private Bag 63002, Waterloo Quay, Wellington 6140
If you have any questions or need help completing the form or spreadsheet, please email email@example.com